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BP 6142.93


Science Instruction


The San Benito County Board of Education (County Board) believes that science education should focus on giving students an understanding of the biological and physical aspects of science, key scientific concepts, and methods of scientific inquiry and investigation. Students should become familiar with the natural world and the interrelationship of science, mathematics, technology, and engineering. As part of science instruction, students should learn how to apply scientific knowledge and reasoning.


Philosophical and religious theories that are based, at least in part, on faith and are not subject to scientific test and refutation shall not be discussed during science instruction.


The San Benito County Office of Education’s academic standards for science instruction shall meet or exceed the California Next Generation Science Standards (CA-NGSS).  The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that curricula used in district schools are aligned with these standards and the state curriculum framework.


The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that students have access to and are enrolled in a broad course of study including science courses.


(cf. 0460 – Local Control and Accountability Plan)


The Superintendent or designee shall provide certificated staff with opportunities to participate in professional development activities designed to enhance their knowledge of district-adopted academic standards, instructional strategies for teaching science, and changes in scientific theories.


The Superintendent or designee shall develop and implement appropriate safety measures for science laboratory classes, including, but not limited to, staff and student safety training, use of eye safety devices, hearing protection, first aid procedures, regular equipment maintenance, safe use of heat sources, safe use and disposal of hazardous chemicals, proper ventilation, prevention of exposure to bloodborne pathogens from sharp instruments, fire prevention and control, an emergency response plan, and evacuation procedures. Parents/guardians shall be informed of the types of science laboratory activities that will be conducted.


The Superintendent or designee shall regularly report to the County Board regarding the implementation and effectiveness of the science curriculum at each grade level. At a minimum, each report shall address the extent to which the program is aligned with the CA-NGSS and any applicable student assessment results.


Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE: 8774  Residential outdoor science program; 32030-32034 Eye safety; 32255-32255.6 Student’s right to refrain from harmful or destructive use of animals; 33475-33475.5  Model curriculum on stem cell science; 49340-49341  Hazardous substances education;

51210  Areas of study, grades 1 through 6; 51210.3  Elementary science coach; 51220  Areas of study, grades 7 through 12;

51225.3  High school graduation; 52060-52077  Local control and accountability plan; 60640-60649  California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress

CODE OF REGULATION, TITLE 5: 14030  Science laboratories, design specifications

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 8: 5191  Occupational exposure to hazardous chemicals in laboratories; chemical hygiene plan



Policy Adopted: 10-12-17